Section Interviews

For April 2013, we heard from the Northern Norway Section.


1.  How many members does your section contain?

2.  When was the Section established?
The section first emerged in December 2010, and the first meeting was held on the 4 May 2011.

3.  How was the section established? Who set it up?
The Section and was set up by Kurt Jorgensen with great support by Jan Drechsler from the SPE Stavanger Section.

4.  Where is your section based?
Harstad, Norway


5.  What are the main benefits in getting involved with the section?
The main benefit is the opportunity for members to increase their knowledge concerning exploration, development and production of oil and gas resources.

6.  Tell us about something unique or different about your section:
Our Section is driven by getting the employees from the various petroleum-related companies in Harstad in contact with each other through the SPE platform. The participation from our members is excellent, with 34 out of 41 attending the Distinguished Lecturer session on the 25 October 2012 on “Geological Storage of CO2—Reservoir Engineering Considerations” by Mehran Pooladi-Darvish.

7.  Mention challenges faced by the section and how you overcome these:
A challenge we are currently facing is trying to promote our national events, such as the Increased Oil Recovery (IOR) Workshop, which was held in March 2013, to a wider audience in order to maximise attendance. Currently we advertise on our website and via the assistance of other SPE sections in Norway.

8.  Outline an upcoming project or event that you are excited about:
We held an Increased Oil Recovery Workshop in Harstad on 20-21 March 2013 which was a great success. It featured outstanding presenters from IFP, the University of Stavanger, the University of Bergen, Statoil, Shell, and more. Based on attendee feedback we may make this an annual event. We also have a meeting on 29 May where a representative from Resman will give a presentation—we expect to achieve a high attendance for this.

9.  What would you say is the section’s greatest achievement?
Bearing in mind that this is only our second season, I would say that we have been well received by the industry.  Our aims and networking platform is highly beneficial to the industry, and our members.

10. Which industry hot topics are being discussed in your section today?
Drilling and Completion of fields in Northern Norway/the Barents Sea. Changes in the geomagnetic field can accrue in the northern areas, this can impact on the drilling equipment and hence placement of the wells and again drainage of the field. Completion tools and further development of Inflow Control Devices (ICD) are a subject of discussion, as the field north of Norway can experience high GOR ratio when these are brought into production.

11. What do you hope for the future of this section?
We will be arranging a Section annual conference and our board has approved the establishment of an SPE Student Chapter for the first quarter of 2013.